According to Gary Stonehouse, writing for The Sun, Swindon manager David Flitcroft is about to split with The Robins and go bobbing along to divisional rivals Mansfield Town.

The Stags have been managerless since Tuesday after Steve Evans tendered his resignation, leaving Mansfield in an encouraging 5th place in the table. Evans’ leaving from Field Mill was done explicitly with taking up the reins at League One side Peterborough United in mind – the Posh having sacked manager Grant McCann after a run of no wins from seven games.

The departure of former Leeds United boss Evans from Mansfield leaves an opening and The Sun’s Stonehouse says that Swindon’s Flitcroft “is set to leave” the club and sign for their League Two rivals.

The former Blackburn player, seen above tackling Roy Keane, is said by The Sun “due to be unveiled as their [Mansfield’s] latest chief on Thursday.

They go on to say that Flitcroft is trading 7th place Swindon for 5th place Mansfield as he “believes that their foes have a better chance of making League One.” He has been at the County Ground since June 2017, guiding the Wiltshire-based side to 18 wins out of his 35 games in charge.

Flitcroft has previous experience of guiding sides to promotion, having steered Bury to promotion at the end of their 2014/15 campaign – the Shakers becoming movers and going up via the promotion play-offs. His first game in charge will come on Saturday as the Stags look to lock horns with Stevenage.

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